Robin Roberts graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University as a cum laude with a degree in communication. Right after her graduation in 1983, she worked at a small station as a sports anchor and reporter, first in Mississippi and later in Tennessee. She also worked as a radio host for a radio station in Atlanta. While working her way to bigger markets, she got hired by ESPN in 1990 as a sportscaster and remained with them for 15 years.
In 1995, she moved to ABC News and was hired as a featured reporter for Good Morning America where she still currently works. Roberts was presented with the Mel Greenberg Media Award in 2001 and a 2012 Peabody Award for her coverage on her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome.
George Stephanopoulos – $10m
This illustrious anchor did not start out as a journalist, and as a young man, his father wanted George Stephanopoulos to be a lawyer or a priest. He earned a degree in Political Science and graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York. During this time, he was a sports broadcaster for the university’s radio station. He also received a Masters of Arts in Theology at Balliol College at the University of Oxford in England.
After working for a few politicians, Stephanopoulos became known as the Communications Direction for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. He later became the White House Communications Director and then the senior advisor for policy and strategy. He resigned after Clinton was re-elected in 1996 and begun his career in journalism. He is now the chief anchor and the chief political correspondent for ABC News as well as the co-anchor of Good Morning America. He is also the host of ABC’s Sunday morning This Week.
Katie Couric – $15 Million
Katie Couric went through several reporting positions before becoming the renowned anchor that she is today. Her first job was at the ABC News Bureau and later at CNN where she worked as an assignment editor. In her early years as a reporter, she already earned an Associated Press and an Emmy. In 1989, she was hired by NBC News as Deputy Pentagon Correspondent as well as an anchor substitute. She initially joined Today as a national political correspondent and substitute co-host for Deborah Norville, but Norville did not return, and Couric became permanent co-anchor for 15 years.
Couric has worked for all big three television networks—NBC News (1989-2006), CBS News (2006-2011), and ABC News (2011-2014). She also hosted her own daytime talk show, Katie. Throughout her career, Couric has won several television reporting awards including the Peabody Award, and in 2004, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Josh Elliott – $4m
Josh Elliott’s first major onscreen television work was with ESPN in 2004 as a panelist for Around the Horn and Jim Rome Is Burning. He was also a guest co-host on Cold Pizza on ESPN2. He quickly went up the ranks and became a co-anchor on ESPNNews and reporter for SportsCenter. In 2011, he joined ABC’s Good Morning America and was a substitute anchor on the weekend edition of ABC World News. He then moved to NBC for about a year where he was mainly relegated to NBC Sports programming.
Elliott was hired by CBS in 2016 to be the lead anchor for its digital news service CBSN. However, in an on-air announcement in 2017, he said that he would be leaving his position because he would be placed in a larger role. Network executives were surprised about the announcement and the supposed plans and got him fired. After the incident, Elliott was seen on National Geographic Channel as a co-host of Yellowstone Live with wildlife expert Chris Packham.
Tamron Hall – $1m
Tamron Hall gained attention after she joined MSNBC and NBC News in 2007 and scored an exclusive interview with Barack Obama right before he announced his candidacy for president. Hall obtained further prominence when she became a substitute anchor for Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Since then, she hosted and co-hosted multiple shows including The Big Picture, MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall, Today’s Take, and the third hour of Today.
She now hosts Deadline: Crime on Investigation Discovery channel and the channel’s special Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates. Hall is also a strong advocate against domestic abuse because of her sister’s murder, which resulted from domestic violence.